By Fowewe Abdullateef
The EKiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has promised to appoint people with disability into his cabinet, saying that people with disability, and Special Schools students will be give absolute attention in the state.
The Governor made this promise during a surprise visit to the State Special School for the blind in Ikere EKiti on Saturday, (May 13, 2023).
He said the appointee would be someone with the requisite knowledge in special education and who has a genuine passion for the welfare and wellbeing of the physically challenged, in order to give physical challenged people a voice in government and help redress their neglect in government.
At the event, the Governor presented cash and donate some materials to the school, he also made a personal cash donation to sponsor five students to further their training in arts and craft at the training school in Lagos, as it was demanded by the school students.
It would be recall that, the Governor had earlier appealed to his friends on his birthday last year to make contributions on the occasion to the three special schools in the state.
“I want to let you know you are not an accident, God created you for a purpose, and you will fulfil the purpose. I have come to let you know you are not inferior to anybody and to assure you that your government, the government of Ekiti State, will stand by you; we will partner with you in a way and manner that it will give a good meaning to your lives.
“I assure you, there will be changes, there is ability in disability, and we will work so hard to ensure that we play up those abilities in you.
“We are going to have a Special Adviser for people with special needs and our special schools so that you can stand alone and have someone in the cabinet that will be speaking for you.
“You will recall that when I celebrated my birthday last year, I appealed to my friends that they should convert their gifts into donations to the special schools in the state. I am glad today that the money they made from my friends is been used to renovate the school, and it speaks to the fact that we can be our brother’s keeper.
“I am using this opportunity to appeal to people that God has blessed to please come to the aid of People Living with Disabilities, the government cannot do it alone, but as a government, we will continue to do our best to ensure we give them the best”, the governor said.